The first ever Renewable Energy Camp to be run in Ireland

The first ever Renewable Energy Biz Camp organised by The Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency is being held on 27th May in Hotel Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny. This, not to be missed completely FREE event,  is being organised to promote businesses ideas / innovation and job creation in the Green Energy Sector.

The camp is an information sharing event where experienced entrepreneurs and businesses network and share experiences on developing business ideas & products. The EnergyCamp is an ideal opportunity for individuals / companies wishing to branch into the energy sector and learn form experienced entrepreneurs.

The EnergyCamp is an opportunity for individuals and companies to share information and advise. If you would like to contribute and share your information just register your interest by clicking the box on the Registration Form.

The day kicks off at 10am when the first 3 speakers will start their presentations. There will be 3 streams of speakers running concurrently and each will have a 45 minute slot. The only rule of the day is “no sales pitches” – thus avoiding the traditional pain of conference attendance where speakers stand in front of an audience and try to sell to them.

Current topics include:

  • The story of a Wind Farm Development
  • The challenges in setting up an Anaerobic Digestion project
  • Diversifying your business into the energy sector
  • International standard ISO 14064 for carbon management
  • Community consultation & green energy
  • Archimedean Screw – hydro turbine overview

There will be a panel discussion in the afternoon to finish off the days events. The topic for the panel discussion is “Job Creation & Opportunities in the Green Energy Sector”.  This an opportunity for everyone involved during the day to participate in a lively discussion. If you are interested in participating and sharing your business experience in the green energy sector, please register your interest here along with topic to be discussed.

Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP) is the main sponsor and promoter of the event. KLP was was formed in 2008 as a result of the government’s decision to integrate the functions and missions of local development companies operating in the rural development and social inclusion sectors.

KLP is now continuing its work through the Rural Development Programme LEADER, Local Community and Development Programme and other supporting programmes in empowering local communities to improve their quality of life. This support comes in variety of ways including grant aid to innovative rural business and communities and development officer support to disadvantaged or marginalised communities and individuals.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event please register your interest here.  Sponsorship will allow your companys logo to be displayed on this website and on event literature. There will be a limited number of sponsors.


Free Energy Assessments for SME’s

Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) are offering support to businesses through advice and training programmes. One such programme is SEI’s Advice, Mentoring and Assessment Programme where SEI provides free, one-to-one advice and mentoring to private & public sector SME’s from a specialist energy advisor.

Eco Evolution have recently teamed up with a local consultancy engineering company to complement our range of services and we can now offer this Energy Assessment for SME’s at no cost to their business.

The advisor will help and motivate the SME to assess their energy use, to identify opportunities for savings and to take action to realise these savings. This can provide a business with an excellent basis for implementing an energy reduction programme.

The service consists of an initial consultation or site assessment with the advisor regarding opportunities for energy savings. The advisor then provides a written report with recommendations for energy saving plus 90 day follow up support by phone and email.

Eco Evolution would encourage all SME’s to avail of this service as it will enable them to reduce energy usage, cut costs and benefit the environment. Energy usage can be reduced by up to 20%.


Tel:      053 93 67617

Setting a green evolution in motion – featured in the Sunday Business Post

Setting a green evolution in motion

Frank Gethings believes that redundancy can be looked at in two ways: either a gloomy end to a job or an opportunity to do something you have a passion about.

Gethings had been working for Maxtor, a multinational firm based in Bray, for about six years when it was acquired b y rival Seagate.

The change of ownership led to the closure of Maxtor, and Gethings was among more than 100 people who lost their jobs just before Christmas 2006.

‘‘Starting my own business had always been one of my goals, so I looked on the redundancy as an opportunity, as opposed to something negative,” said Gethings. ‘‘We received a good redundancy package from Maxtor, so I seized the moment: a case of now or never.”

Equipped with ‘‘the right attitude’’ and a keen interest in renewable energy, Gethings set about establishing Eco Evolution.

His firm specialises in all aspects of renewable energy – from consultancy to the design, supply and installation of wind turbines, solar heaters and even small-scale hydroelectricity generation systems.

‘‘The renewable energy industry in Ireland is only in its infancy and has tremendous potential for significant growth and high-calibre job creation,” said Gethings.

‘‘I think Ireland has the potential to be a world leader in this industry, but it will take real political leadership and proper support mechanisms to get it off the ground.”

A native of Ferns, Co Wexford, Gethings graduated in electronic engineering at Dublin City University in 1989.He worked for Kimble, a Dundalk based manufacturing firm, for six years, followed by a three-year stint with MKIR Panasonic.

When he went to work for Maxtor in 2000, he was able to move back home to Ferns, where Eco Evolution is now based. ‘‘I started working on setting up the company in 2006 when I was made aware of the impending redundancy,” he said. ‘‘This included carrying out intensive research and compiling a business plan, training and cherry-picking products.”

Gethings also did courses in sustainable energy, wind turbine and solar photovoltaic installation, and a wind energy module as part of a Masters in renewable energy systems.

Eco Evolution started trading in 2008, with funding from the Wexford County Enterprise Board. The firm is the official reseller for several international renewable energy products, and its customers are mainly in the residential and agricultural sectors. However, Gethings said that a number of commercial projects were also in the pipeline as businesses looked at ways to cut costs and become more environmentallyfriendly.

‘‘This is probably the only industry which can rise up out of the doldrums and lead this country into an era of prosperity once again,” said Gethings.

‘‘To support this energy revolution, our leaders must also rise up and take real responsibility for what needs to be done.”


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